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Man Booker Prize

Jul 25, 2014 — Also: Brian McGreevy on horror writer Angela Carter; why poetry and computer engineering go together.
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Jul 23, 2014 — Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.
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Oct 16, 2013 — Also: James Franco's new novel; Salvador Dali illustrates Don Quixote; the allure of unusable words.
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Oct 15, 2013 — Also: Alice Walker will publish her diaries; Donna Tartt takes aim at grammar snobs; Carl Bernstein is writing a memoir about his early days.
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Sep 19, 2013 — Also: The Man Booker Prize goes global; a defense of Jonathan Franzen; Khartoum's fading literary culture; the history of obscenity.
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Sep 16, 2013 — Also: A bookless public library opens in Texas; Joyce Maynard re-evaluates J.D. Salinger; and the best books coming out this week.
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Sep 13, 2013 — Also: J.K. Rowling will write a screenplay set in the magical world; Tina Brown is coming out with a memoir.
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Sep 10, 2013 — Also: A sort of poetic renaissance in Syria; former President Jimmy Carter is writing a book about women's lives; advice for fans of J.D. Salinger.
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Feb 19, 2013 — In a speech earlier this month, author Hilary Mantel said the Duchess of Cambridge "appeared to have been designed by committee and built by craftsmen." Britain's tabloids were outraged, and even the prime minister weighed in.
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Oct 16, 2012 — The British writer becomes only the third author to win the prestigious award twice, joining J.M. Coetzee and Peter Carey. She also becomes the first author to win with a sequel. Her novel Wolf Hall won in 2009.
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